How to visit Prague in 2 Days
I always say this, Prague is my most favorite city in Europe and to me, it is even more beautiful than Paris. So in this post, I am going to share with you how you can visit Prague in 2 Days.
There are many things that you can do and see in Prague, but if you are staying only for 2 days, of course, you will want to go first to the most famous tourist sites. Right?
So that is what I am going to show you in this post.
I am going to take you to MUST-SEE attractions in Prague.
Prague is the capital of Czech. A beautiful city in the heart of Europe.
Czech used to be part of one country called Czechoslovakia until they decided to split up and now there are Czech Republic and Slovakia.
From Bratislava Slovakia, Prague is just a 4 hours train ride so you can easily visit the 2 cities if you are traveling around Europe.
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How to visit Prague in 2 Days – DAY 1
Every Itinerary will be different and it will highly depend on where you are staying.
If you are looking for some awesome and cheap places that are close to the center of Prague, I listed some in my blog post about the Best Travel Tips for Prague so make sure to check that out.
So now let us get into your first day in Prague.
Dancing House is our first stop because we stayed in place nearby and it was just a few meters walk so we went there very often.
During the day, a lot of tourists visit to photograph the place so we were lucky that we got to see it in the early morning when there were not many tourists yet.
Not many people know though that you can climb up the building and there is a terrace that is accessible through a glass bar that offers an amazing view of the city.
So if you are a “View Person” make sure to check it out.
Now from the Dancing house, just walk straight down the street of Resslova and you will see the Karlovo Namesti or Charles Square.
It is the largest historical square in Prague and was established during the reign of Charles IV, hence the name.
Charles Square is a huge park with a lot of historical buildings that you can see like the New Town Hall and Mladata Palace.
Pack some food for breakfast and bring it here, you can sit or find a place for a picnic and watch the locals and tourists pass by.
After Karlovo Namesti, our next stop is another square called Wenceslas Square or the Václavské Náměstí.
It is a very famous square in Prague because it is the entertainment and nightlife center of Prague.
It is located in the heart of the New Town of Prague.
But do not be fooled by the name “New Town” because it is not new since it was laid out in 1348 by Charles IV.
The square is also a popular parade ground for all kinds of organizations and political parties.
At the top of the square you will see the National Museum and in front of it is the famous statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse.
St. Wenceslas is a king who was murdered by his brother and the Patron Saint of Czech People.
The State Opera
Just near the Wenceslas Square is the Prague State Opera.
It is the foremost Opera house in Prague that holds Classical Opera Concerts and Ballet performances.
However, it was closed for a long time because of the renovation.
I read that they closed it in 2016 for an extensive renovation so when we went there to check, and that was August 2019, the place is closed.
But I read somewhere that they opened this January 2020, so if you are visiting the place do your research and check if they are indeed open.
The Old Town of Prague
Now after the Opera House, we are walking to the Old Town of Prague.
This will be the highlight of your First Day in Prague because you will see a lot of historical sites in the square, plus it is so beautiful.
It is very crowded though so come prepared and make sure to always look out for your bag since it is very crowded, pickpockets are everywhere too.
There is no way you can pronounce the second word so do not even try. 😂
One of the cool things that you will see in the Old Town of Prague is the Havelské tržiště.
It is the only preserved market place in Prague that dates back to 1232. It is so old!
But it does not look so old, here you will find a lot of fresh produce, especially different kinds of berries.
You can also find a lot of touristy things and souvenirs.
They are not very cheap though but there are a lot of options to choose from.
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After the Market, head over to the Astronomical Clock.
It is one of the amusing things I like in Prague a lot and you can not miss it.
Did you know that there are 18 Astronomical Clocks in the world? And I think Prague has the most beautiful one!
It is the third oldest running Astronomical Clock in the world and every hour you can hear it sing and see the procession of the 12 apostles and other figures on the side of the clock moves.
It is such an overwhelming experience as well as the number of people who watch it every hour!
Church of Our Lady before Týn
The Church of Our Lady before Týn is one of the most impressive Gothic buildings in Prague Old Town.
At first glance, I thought it was a castle but it is a church.
I think the Church of Our Lady before Týn is one of the reasons why the Old Town has its magical and fairy tale vibes.
The interesting thing about this church is that outside, the design is gothic architecture whilst inside is a baroque style architecture.
I read that it was built in the mid 14th century but the interior was reworked in the 17th Century.
Legend has it that this Church gives Walt Disney the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle.
Whether it is true or not, I do not know but this Church is gorgeous and you must see it if you are in Prague!
Kinsky Palace or the National Gallery
This cute building in the Old Town Square of Prague holds the National Gallery of Prague.
The Palace was built between 1755-1765 but underwent a lot of renovations and expansion connecting the north and south wing.
It holds different gallery exhibitions throughout the year.
If you want to visit the inside, check out the website of the National Gallery for more information about the schedules and admission fees.
The next stop is the Klementinum, a historical complex in Prague where you can see the most beautiful library in the world.
Inside feels like you are in a Harry Potter movie!
It is a large complex near the Charles Bridge.
The Klementinum was built in the mid 16th century as a Jesuit dormitory originally.
If you take the tour, you can see the Astronomical Tower, Baroque Library Hall, Meridian Hall, and the Vyšehrad Codex, a Latin Coronation Gospel and considered as the most important manuscript kept in Bohemia.
The basic admission fee is 300 Czech Crown if you want to know more about it you can check the Klementinum website for guided tours and skip the line tickets.
Our next stop is the Jewish Quarter. I think every city in Europe that I have visited has a Jewish Quarter in it.
The Jewish Quarter in Prague is located between the Old Town and Vltava River.
The history of this Jewish ghetto began in the 13th century when Jewish people in Prague were forced to vacate their homes and were confined in this area and they were not allowed to live anywhere else in Prague.
Over the years, this place has changed a lot at the whim of whoever the ruler is controlling over them.
Luckily, there are still some historical sites that remained that we can still see today.
The area formed the west preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe.
You can see 6 Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter which are now museums.
If you want to go inside you can buy a ticket on the Jewish Museum Website or you can join a walking tour.
Now to finish off your first day in Prague, you can take a river cruise in Vltava River if you are feeling fancy.
Vltava river is the longest river in the Czech Republic that runs through the forest of Bohemia.
But if you do not have the budget for the River Cruise like us, you can just stroll the river.
There is a part that you can see a lot of swans and pigeons that people feed with bread but I do not recommend it because I do not agree that it is good to feed birds with bread or other food as it alters their natural way of hunting for food.
Anyways, you can also have dinner in one of the fancy restaurants along the river which we did not also do because I think it will be too expensive for us.
But the restaurants offer a nice view of the River and the city. Some even have terraces that you can sit on while having dinner.
How to visit Prague in 2 Days – DAY 2
For our Day 2, you can go to the other side of the Vltava River where the famous Prague Castle can be found.
Also, on this day you will visit 2 famous Hill Park in Prague which is the Petrin and Letna Hill both offer a great view of Prague city.
To start your day, head over to Petrin Hill. You will hike a little bit but I think there is no other greater way to start your day but to get some fresh air and exercise a bit right?
I promise when you get to the summit, you will not regret climbing it in the morning because of the panoramic view of the city.
At the top, you will also see the Petrin Lookout Tower which you can climb. It is a small replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the entrance fee is 150 Czech Crown.
It can get busy during the day, especially in summer, that is why it is on the first on your second day in Prague.
Aside from the Petrin Lookout Tower, you can also enjoy the mirror maze and the entrance fee is 90 Czech Crowns.
But if you do not want to pay, then just head over to the Rose Gardens and relax while enjoying the smell of the bloomed flowers.
The best way to go to Petrin Hill is by taking either tram 9, 12, 15, or 22 and stopping at ÚJEZD. From there you can just walk up to the hill or take the funicular that dates back to 1891!
After Petrin Hill, head over to the Prague Castle.
This is one of the most visited sites in Prague so be prepared that there will be a lot of people.
It is also a big complex, it covers approximately 45 hectares of land, so if you are planning to go explore the inside, make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
The entrance fee to the castle varies depending on what circuit you want to take or what sites you want to see if you want to know more about the available tours and tickets check out the Prague Castle Website.
If you buy a ticket, inside the palace you can see the St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, the Golden Lane, Daliborka Tower, and Rosenberg Palace.
St. Vitus Cathedral
If you do not want to buy the ticket for the Castle, you can still marvel inside the St. Vitus Cathedral, though your access will be limited.
Even though, going inside the church, you will be amazed by how beautiful it is.
I think it is one of the most beautiful churches I have seen in my life.
The details of this Gothic Church inside and outside is just so amazing.
Malá Strana is also known as the “Lesser Town” located at the foothill of the Prague Castle.
It is a beautiful part of Prague with fewer crowds. I love the cobblestone streets and the ancient burgher houses that you can see strolling around the area.
There are also a lot of favorite tourists spots that you will see in the area like;
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church is a baroque style church with its iconic green dome and bell tower that dominates the skyline of Prague.
Prominent personalities in music like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach had concerts in this church.
This wall as dedicated to the murder of John Lennon.
At first, it was painted with the face of John until more and more locals added political graffiti and Beatles song lyrics.
Even the repeated effort of the secret police to whitewash the wall, they were never successful to make it clean.
Now, it has become one of the most favorite spots of tourists.
Čertovka or Devil’s Channel
Do not be fooled by the name because Čertovka is a very picturesque man-made channel under the Charles bridge.
Čertovka can be translated in English as “the Devil’s Stream or the Devil’s Channel”
The creation of this channel has paved the way to the artificial island that you will see between Čertovka and Vltava; called Kampa.
The channel was built to provide regular water flow for the watermills that were built along the course.
There are 3 surviving watermills and you can still see them from the left side of the Charles Bridge if you are going to Prague Castle.
Now Charles Bridge, I think the most famous bridge in Europe.
Crossing the Bridge, you will immediately notice the carved statues on the side, they are saints and there are 30 of them.
The most famous is St. John of Nepomuk, the saint who was thrown out of the river.
The stories said that he was a confessor of the Queen of Bohemia and refused to tell King Charles IV.
You will see a lot of people touching the statue because the stories said it will bring them luck.
I had to touch it too, though that time, I did not know the story yet 😂
But if you walk towards the old town direction, you will see five stars on the left parapet of the bridge.
They said that it is the exact point where the priest was thrown in the water and the stars appeared when the priest touched the water.
Now to finish off our second day, you can go to Letna Park.
It is another hill situated near the Vltava River.
On the top, you get a gorgeous view of the Vltava river along with its bridges.
You can photograph the 2 bridges in Prague from here which are beautiful.
If you can come here on sunset, the place turns magical and you will have a nice time watching the Prague City get covered with golden color.
In the middle of the park, you will also see a strange Metronome.
Its big red pendulum moves from side to side, standing on the spot where once stood the largest Stalin statue in the world.
There is also a beer garden where you can cap off the day.
If you have more days to visit Prague it will be better as there are more things that you can see or even discover for yourself.
I am sure going back to this beautiful city soon and will write more about it.
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